As a kick-start to the making of this blog, today I am writing about the latest popular music leak, Nothing Was The Same. Because the album is lengthy, I’m splitting the reviews up into 4 tracks a day.
On Sunday night, September 15, 2013, rapper Drake’s much anticipated third solo album was leaked to the Internet. With the already released hits, “Hold On, We’re Going Home”, “Started From the Bottom”, “The Motion”, and “All Me”, Drake gave his fans and the public a taste of what they could expect from the upcoming release and the diverse sounds of each track definitely allow such to take place. However, there’s still a specific meaning to the production, lyricism, and order of each track on the album and I intend to interpret and review each below.
1. “Tuscan Leather”
The first track sets the tone of the album with a sort of mid-tempo beat in which he takes time to give a history of how much more successful he’s become, even detailing the luxuries of his life in a cocky manner, since his previous album. However, the tempo speeds up to reflect the increased gravity that the topic of the song then takes on as he transitions to informing the listener of the difficulties and changes he’s knowingly had to endure to get to level of fame and notoriety that he has achieved. It is for this reason that he once again slows the track down to a more relaxed sound than the initial and goes back to remind other musicians as well as all listeners that he has indeed put in work to get his status and that he plans to stay where he is, and even ascend, for a long time to come. Although not a favorite, the mood of the song is certainly enjoyable and the transitions made compliment the change in the delivery of his flow. The persistent bass is definitely the leading appeal to the song itself as it creates a natural rocking rhythm. Overall the song mirrors the album title by insisting that he can only grow from this point and he intends to.
2. “Furthest Thing”
Although the title of the album is repeated multiple times in this track, the message is the opposite. Everything is the same. Drake insists that he has done his best to acknowledge his imperfections and make it known that he is balancing on a fine line between what he’s aiming for and what he is. He knows that the wrong he does is wrong. Although he addresses this, people in his life, primarily women in this song, act as though the gimmicks he pulls with them are something new when he has been the same way. Where they would like to blame his fame, he thinks that as he is, he has always been and he doesn’t plan on changing. This track, similar to other songs of his in which he discusses the difficulties of getting women to understand his life, is pretty calm with a catchy hook to allow the listener to be in accordance with the lyrics through both singing along as well as sharing alike problems.
3. “Started from the Bottom”
This song, simply enough, explains Drake’s journey to stardom and how he, contrary to popular belief, was not always as wealthy or fortunate as he is now. He had to work hard and climb to his position. I’m not a huge fan of the track at all although the infectious hook and uptempo, snap beat have caused me to give in and dance on a few occasions. The repetitiveness of the title can become very annoying very quickly.
4. “Wu-Tang Forever”
In this track, Drake pulls an Eryka Badu “Love of My Life” type narrative. He uses an extended metaphor throughout the entire song to talk to the rap game as if it were a woman in a relationship with him. He goes through the motions of their relationship, recalling how music was there for him before anyone was and before the fame. Presumably, here lies the reason behind the song title in that Drake most likely was influenced by WuTang Clan coming up which may have provided him with the structure and support he needed to become the artist he is today. Hence, the meaning of the previous sentence. He then goes on to describe how he has changed this girl, aka the rap game, for the better by doing new things and making new sounds constantly. As far as the sound of the song, it does not succeed in complimenting the sound of WuTang very well because the style is not very similar and actually negates his persistence that he is doing new things because it sounds similar to many other songs made during the 90s.
Stay tuned for the next 4 tracks, “Own It”,”Worst Behavior”,”From Time” (featuring Jhené Aiko), and “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (featuring Majid Jordan).